Terry’s exit was confirmed yesterday with the former England international eager to pursue his own managerial ambitions. A replacement will be sourced but Smith is in no hurry, with Craig Shakespeare and Richard O’Kelly already on his backroom team.
Terry had been part of the set-up since Smith was appointed in October 2018 and was a popular figure with the club’s players.
He does not have a job lined up but has decided to go now, with a year remaining on his contract, to avoid causing any disruption during Villa’s season.
In a statement confirming his departure, Terry revealed he had been mulling the ‘extremely difficult’ decision to leave for several weeks.